Many Maruti Suzuki dealers around India are offering discounts of up to Rs. 65,000 on the Ignis Diesel hatchback. The Maruti Ignis Diesel’s production is said to have been paused in order to clear unsold inventory. It’s not clear if Maruti will restart production of the Ignis Diesel or if it’ll sell the car as a petrol-only option. Dealers offering hefty discounts on the Ignis Diesel suggests a stock clearance move, which means that the car’s diesel variants aren’t likely to get back into production anytime soon. The Ignis Diesel uses the same engine as the Swift and Baleno hatchbacks.
The engine in question is a 1.3 litre-4 cylinder Fiat Multijet unit with 74 Bhp of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque on tap. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while Maruti also offers a 5 speed automated manual transmission (AMT) as an option. The Ignis is based on the lightweight HEARTECT platform, and uses high tensile steel to keep weight low. The car gets twin airbags and ABS+EBD across all variants as standard. It’s sold through Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA range of premium car dealerships.
Prices of the Ignis Diesel start from Rs. 6.32 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, which is perhaps why the car’s not attracting enough buyers. Maruti no longer sells the base Sigma variant of the Ignis Diesel, and this variant realignment has made the prices of the hatchback unattractive as both the Swift and Baleno hatchbacks’ entry-level variants are priced lower than that of the Ignis Delta 1.3. Strengths of the Ignis Diesel include the punchy yet fuel efficient, turbodiesel engine, neutral handling, youthful styling and funky looks. The Ignis can be extensively customized, making it an attractive proposition for younger buyers who seek highly personalized cars.